Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

Bette Davis: I’ve Had It With Gratitude | Follies Of God by James Grissom

Listen, I’ve had it with gratitude! You know I love Marian [Seldes], and she is why we are here, in this fashion, together, but she’s awfully gaga about who we … Continue reading

05/28/2020

Sam Neill: ‘I should be at Pinewood. The Jurassic World III sets are there waiting’ | Film | The Guardian

Sam Neill, star of Jurassic Park, The Piano and Peaky Blinders, is one of the best-known screen faces of the last 30 years. Yet the actor finds the idea of … Continue reading

05/25/2020

YVONNE ARNAUD: BEAUTIFUL FRENCH PIANIST, SINGER, AND ACTRESS | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

The pretty woman seen in this vintage real photo postcard is Germaine Yvonne Arnaud (1890-1958). She had a noteworthy career as a pianist, singer, and actress. She was most popular … Continue reading

05/23/2020 · Leave a comment

Arts funding plea as Globe warns it may not survive Covid-19 crisis | Culture | The Guardian

A call for the government to step up with urgent funding “to shore up our cultural landscape” has been made as Shakespeare’s Globe warned it faces insolvency without extra help. … Continue reading

05/18/2020

The Great Escape actor George Mikell dies aged 91 | London Evening Standard

Actor George Mikell, best known for his roles in The Guns Of Navarone and The Great Escape, has died at the age of 91. The Lithuanian-born actor also appeared in … Continue reading

05/18/2020

Michel Piccoli, renowned French acting veteran, dies aged 94 | Film | The Guardian

Michel Piccoli, the veteran French actor renowned for a string of celebrated performances for directors such as Luis Bunuel, Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle, has died aged 94. It was … Continue reading

05/18/2020

Uncle Frank Matcham | Gralefrit Theology

[Theatre architect Frank Matcham], second of nine children of Elizabeth and Charles, was born at East Street, Newton Abbot on November 22, 1854. His father, who was manager of the … Continue reading

05/17/2020

How I Became An Award-winning Theatre Director, Playwright, Actor and Designer | LUCK-IT

Oliver Chong joined the theatre industry at age 25 as an actor and set designer, added the title of director and playwright to his repertoire at age 29 and won … Continue reading

05/15/2020

The Stage – Features – Simon McBurney: ‘It is clear – above all else – that we need to begin again’

“How are the birds?” Simon McBurney asks. “Loud”, I say, “beautiful”. “Yes,” the actor, writer and artistic director of theatre company Complicité hums in his thoughtful, growling voice. “Sometimes I … Continue reading

05/14/2020

Losing its edge: the precise point Peaky Blinders peaked | Television & radio | The Guardian

I agree entirely with this overall assessment of Peaky Blinders by Guardian writer Stuart Jeffries. Peaky Blinders tore up the playbook from its first scene, when Cillian Murphy rode into shot … Continue reading

05/12/2020

My sister died of coronavirus. She needed care, but her life was not disposable | Rory Kinnear | Opinion | The Guardian

‘No one could describe Karina as weak: she did not have it coming, she was no more disposable than anyone else. Her death was not inevitable, does not ease our … Continue reading

05/12/2020

From theatre director to crisis co-ordinator… and game show host – BBC News

Alan Lane’s theatre company is now delivering food and staging an online game show to lift spirits. Source: From theatre director to crisis co-ordinator… and game show host – BBC … Continue reading

05/04/2020

‘Heart of Darkness’ in ‘Citizen Kane’ | A R T L▼R K

On the 1st of May 1941, the American drama film Citizen Kane had its premiere in New York City. The film co-written, directed, produced by, and starring Orson Welles, has … Continue reading

05/01/2020

Brian Dennehy, veteran stage and screen actor, dies aged 81

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid19-related,” his daughter Elizabeth tweeted. Source: Brian Dennehy, veteran stage and screen … Continue reading

04/20/2020

Born on this Day – Peter Ustinov

On this day, Peter Ustinov was born. ‘Writer, performer, wit and humanitarian whose brilliant, 64-year career epitomised an old European culture – and a talent to amuse…’ Source: Born on … Continue reading

04/16/2020

Obituary: Tim Brooke-Taylor, life of funnyman who co-wrote The Four Yorkshiremen – BBC News

The comic actor, who was best known as one of anarchic TV trio The Goodies, has died aged 79 with coronavirus Source: Obituary: Tim Brooke-Taylor, life of funnyman who co-wrote … Continue reading

04/12/2020

Pedro Almodóvar Describes Life in Quarantine

Read Pedro Almodóvar’s Essay on Living Through Spain Lockdown and What He’s Watching in Quarantine:: ‘The good thing about not having a timetable during the confinement is that rushing disappears.’ … Continue reading

04/11/2020

Emmerdale and Aliens actor Jay Benedict dies of coronavirus

Former Emmerdale and Foyle’s War star Jay Benedict has died at the age of 68. The American born actor’s agency announced that Benedict died on 4 April as a result … Continue reading

04/07/2020

Obituary: Honor Blackman

Honor Blackman was born into a lower middle-class family in Plaistow, east London, on 22 August 1925. Her father offered her a choice of presents for her 16th birthday; a … Continue reading

04/07/2020

Enemy at the Gates

Every now and then a film stands out from the crowd. One, in particular, is the 2001 production of Enemy at the Gates, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud… Source: Enemy at … Continue reading

04/04/2020

John Shrapnel obituary

Richly variegated and utterly plausible, with a distinctively weak “r”, the voice of the actor John Shrapnel, who has died aged 77 after suffering from cancer, was instantly recognisable on … Continue reading

04/02/2020

First Night Design | My Comments on Your Blogs and That Virus

Comments The comments I made and make on your blogs do not register and haven’t during my blog sabbatical.  I have been unable thus far to resolve the situation  This … Continue reading

03/29/2020

What I’ve learnt: Kevin Bacon

‘We all have a desire to be loved but with actors we want to be seen and we want the love of the masses. I felt that even when I … Continue reading

03/22/2020

Marie Lloyd – Queen of the Halls

2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the legendary music hall performer Marie Lloyd and I think she would have appreciated the lecture about her colourful life and spectacular career that … Continue reading

03/18/2020

Roy Hudd obituary

‘In 1958 Hudd’s agent, Morris Aza, suggested he audition for Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice. As Hudd later explained: “Morris said, ‘In about three or four years variety … Continue reading

03/16/2020

Max von Sydow obituary

The great Swedish film and stage actor Max von Sydow, who has died aged 90, will be remembered by different people for different roles: the title role in The Exorcist, … Continue reading

03/16/2020

The actor who was really stabbed on stage

When he was cast as Hamlet at age 24, Conor Madden thought his stage career was about to take off – but then an accident during a sword-fighting scene [during … Continue reading

03/15/2020

How Film Noir Tried to Scare Women out of Working

The femme fatale doesn’t get upset when men flirt with her. In fact, she barely looks at them. She just answers their lame lines with a witty retort, one that … Continue reading

03/13/2020

Michael Billington on Stage

Over the course of 50 years, Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington has reviewed over 10,000 productions. He is, joked National Theatre Director Rufus Norris, at tonight’s event: “The critic who’s struck more … Continue reading

03/11/2020

Sean Foley Q&A: the new artistic director of Birmingham Rep outlines his vision

As Sean Foley announces his first season as artistic director of the Birmingham Rep, he tells Matthew Hemley about his vision for the company The season opens with a run of … Continue reading

03/10/2020